|Not Cliff Richard's dream devil but the one below. Image from YouTube: Bertirocks1.|
Sparks fly from her finger tips
Echoed voices in the night
She's a restless spirit on an endless flight
Wooo hooo witchy woman, see how high she flies
Wooo hooo witchy woman, she got the moon in her eye. (1)
My memory of the 60s does not bring back the frightening fun of Halloween because not many locals knew about it like they do today. It was confined amongst the Caucasian households while many Chinese homes followed the religious 7th Moon or Hungry Ghosts Festival where spooks and demons were the order of the season.
Again, my tale is not of haunted hospitals at Changi, the lady ghost at Bishan's MRT nor the kampong spirit at Bidadari that we read about in the newspapers but a psychological trauma I experienced as a child that even troubles me to this day (or night).
As a young boy I had always been petrified and disturbed by an old folk tale about skin coloured bats hanging upside-down from tree branches. The Kalong Wheh- Wheh is supposed to be a giant bat with a horrendous female face and large breasts. Don't think of glamorous superhero Bat Girl here. Think more bat-like Pontianaks! (image 2 below, not 1 above).
Devil woman you're evil like the dark coral reef
Like the winds that bring high tides you bring sorrow and grief. (2)
|Kalong Wheh, Wheh without wings.|
So as darkness falls in Singapore these giant bats fill the evening sky and swarm onto large trees. Loud cries of "Wheh! Wheh! Wheh!" fill the air as they seek the comfort of the high shady greens.
"Be careful," my mother used to warn me, "the creatures spy on young children who are still not home for dinner when the clock strikes six. Be out there and you're in trouble!"
How they victimize their human prey is still a mystery to me. Mum never went beyond her horror story and left the rest to my imagination. She did however explain that these giant human-like bats originated from Indonesia. Bat is kalong in the Indonesian language.
Apparently they are also known as *Hantu Tetek (ghosts with breasts: image 2) in local Malay slang. Some say she uses them to suffocate her victims, while others believe she suckles her young captive. Then there are those who insist her breasts are behind. Others claim she is a Balinese witch.
"She doesn't suck your blood," mum used to explain, "but wrap you up close to her soft body and fly you away..." By this time my whole being slumped in fear and my heart thumped with cemetery-like precision.
"OK mum, I won't be late for dinner," I said sheepishly.
Wonder if these creatures are still around today in our modern metropolis. The strange repeated occurrence of trees that fall during rainstorms in the evenings... Hmm!
If you have Hantu Halloween Horrors to contribute, please do.
|Possibly this one. YouTube Video by ceekay1952.|
With evil on her mind
Beware the devil woman
She's gonna get you from behind. (3)
Happy Halloween everyone!
1. Witchy Woman: by Eagles.
2. Devil Woman: by Johnny Lion.
3. Devil Woman: by Cliff Richard.
Images: Google and You Tube.
An original article.